Do You Have a Grant Idea?

Often the most difficult activity involved in applying for a grant is formulating an idea into a specific plan of action. It is advisable to prepare a summary of what you intend to do. This prospectus or abstract can then be expanded to fully develop each of the five components. But, first, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Does the idea fit the college's mission and goals?
  • Does the idea address identified needs?
  • Does the college meet eligibility requirements?
  • Is the probability good for funding given the time spent to develop the proposal?
  • Does the college have staff capable of carrying out the project?
  • Does the college have the facility/physical capacity to carry out the project?
  • Will funding be sufficient to accomplish the objective in the time allowed?
  • Does the project require match funding?
  • Should we collaborate with other colleges or organizations?
  • How will the college sustain the project after the funding ends?

Given the vast pool of federal, state, foundation and corporate funding opportunities, it can be a daunting task to match your project with the specific criteria of funders - but help is available!

For assistance with researching, planning and writing grants, contact Beth Nichols (x1131), Director of Grants in College Relations and Advancement. Contact Liz Woolms (x1567), Budget Analyst in the Budget Office, with budget questions.